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Hundreds of athletes across the South West are taking part in Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games.

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VIDEO: Flame of Hope at Opening Ceremony in Bath

This video shows the Flame of Hope arriving at its destination - the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Bath.

The torch has been on a long journey through the country, carried by athletes competing in the Special Olympics.

It was brought onto the stage at the Royal Crescent by competitors from the west country and passed to tennis player Thomas Mellor from Cheltenham who used it to light the cauldron signalling the start of the games.

Flame of Hope to pass through Barnstaple

The torch began its journey in Falmouth on Friday. Credit: ITV News West Country

The torch for the Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games will pass through Barnstaple this morning as it makes its way around the South West.

The games, held every four years, will see 1,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities compete over three days.

The torch, or Flame of Hope, will be used to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony at the Royal Crescent in Bath on Wednesday, which is expected to attract an audience of about 7,000.

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Full report: Special Olympics torch in Plymouth

Another Olympic-style torch relay is taking place throughout the South West this weekend ahead of Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games in Bath next week.

The Flame of Hope has visited Devon today. Organisers say the success of last year's Paralympics has encouraged many other people with learning difficulties to take up sport.

Richard Lawrence reports:

Flame of Hope arrives in Plymouth

The torch has arrived in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News West Country

A torch relay to celebrate the Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games has arrived in Plymouth.

The Flame of Hope is being carried through the South West and will eventually arrive in Bath on Wednesday, when it will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

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Torch relay for the National Summer Games

Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games is being held in Bath next week. Credit: ITV News West Country

A torch relay to celebrate the Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games will begin on Friday.

The Flame of Hope will be carried from Falmouth, through the West Country and eventually arriving in Bath on Wednesday when it will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

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